From the day I got into the wine world, I’ve never ceased to be amazed at the dedication and hard work that goes into winemaking. And just when I think that I’ve heard it all, I’m introduced to another “can you top this?” winemaking story.
Bodega Tacuil is located in the remotest part of Northern Argentina, elevation over 7,300 feet, and is reputed to be the highest vineyard on the world. Now let’s make it tougher. No electricity, and 30 miles away from any gasoline. Need more? They had to dynamite part of the mountain in order to clear enough land to plant their vineyard, and build a 2 1/2 mile trench from the nearest water source to the vineyard in order to irrigate. They get virtually no rain.
Why do they do this? To make the kind of wine they want to make. The wines are fantastic. We should all be that dedicated no matter what we do.
I really do love winemakers. They are my heroes. The NY Giants, too, but that’s another story.